The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad and the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) Japan signed an agreement for opening “IITH-NIMS Joint Research Center” at NIMS on April 6, 2021.
On November 2019, IITH and NIMS signed the first agreement on the promotion of comprehensive research cooperation between both institutions for the purpose of exchange of researchers and scientific information.
Later, in 2020, IITH and NIMS signed the agreement on an International Collaborative Graduate School Program that allows graduate students enrolled in doctoral programs to stay at NIMS for up to one year for their thesis research works.
According to a press release, “To further develop the joint research with complementary strengths in the materials science field, young faculty members of IITH stay at NIMS with their PhD course students during sabbatical leave period and conduct the sustainable collaboration with NIMS scientists. In order to perform the sustainable joint research between both institutions, we are pleased to announce that IITH-NIMS Joint Research Center was launched.”
The opening of this joint research center will further strengthen these ties and support the future leaders of both countries to achieve the best research results in the field of materials science, the release added.
“IITH has a strong and close tie with Japan. The opening of this joint research center will further strengthen these ties and support the future leaders of both countries to achieve the best research results in the field of materials science,” read the release.
In the first year, two projects were selected that are expected to contribute to the industrial fields (digital information and communication and low-carbon society-related fields) that have strong potential for growth in India. In the future, the research center will contribute to the strengthening of the Japan-India materials technology network, the release stated.
Currently, scientists from both IIT-H and NIMS are preparing for research collaboration after Covid-19 pandemic end by online scientific information exchange and provision of samples.